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Oil Wick / Teapot Lamps & Miners Candle Sticks

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Miners Oil Wick LampsMiner's Oil Wick Lighting Devices  These mining related lighting devices were used in mines before the advent or introduction of carbide lamps and then the electrical lighting that came after.  Prior to the introduction of these oil wicks, mines were mostly lit by candle light held in what are known as miner's candlesticks or "sticking tommies".  We live right in the heart of California gold mining country, and at times the small towns that dot the Sierra Foothills all around this area had populations of tens of thousands during their heyday, only to be deserted and left nearly empty a short period later when the gold ran out.  Given that, one might assume or expect there to be more artifacts related to this Gold Rush era to be found here, but that is not the case and in general this area has pretty much been sucked dry of most pieces related to its early mining history.  The majority of the mining related artifacts that we have in our collection, a portion of which we are offering for sale here, were found in the southern part of the Midwest, near the coal mines there, or on the East Coast.  This collection of oil wicks are all in very good condition.  Most are marked with some sort of manufacturer's ID.  The variations that can be found included ones made of copper, brass, and cast iron in addition to steel / tin.  Some have patented features to allow for air flow or for cleaning, etc.   There are hundreds of variations available so this collection is by no means complete, but is a very good start or addition.

Good + . . . . . SOLD!




Miner's Candle StickMiner's Candlestick Lighting Devices  These mining related lighting devices were used in mines before the advent or introduction of carbide lamps and the electrical lighting that came after.  There are hundreds of variations known, and I am always looking for new or different ones.

Good + . . . . . SOLD!




Miners Candlestick w/ File Work / Mining LightMiners Candlestick w/ File Work / Mining Light The maker of this nice condition candlestick went the extra mile in shaping the hook, and the loop of the handle. It is unmarked and very nice.

Fine . . . . .  $145.00         SOLD!!







Miners Candlestick w/ File Work Pick / Tool in HandleMiners Candlestick w/ File Work Decorative Pick / Tool in Handle  The maker of this nice condition candlestick went the extra mile by including a file worked pick in the loop of the handle.  Sticks with miniature tools incorporated into the design are very rare, almost unique, as each is a one of a kind piece of art.  It is unmarked and very nice.

Fine . . . . .  $695.00         SOLD!!







High Grader Miners Candlestick w/ Nice DetailingMiners High Grade Candlestick w/ Nice Filework Detailing  This unusual mining / miner's high grader candlestick is in nice condition and has good form and detailing. It is stamped with the initials R. A.  It is said that miners would hide small gold nuggets held in place w/ mud, in the space provided in the hollowed out handle.  Note how the tapered shaft / point is file worked to be 6 sided.  The hook has also been worked on. Nice!

Good +  . . . . . . $175.00         SOLD!!



 


Miners Candle Stick2 Miners Candlesticks / Sticking Tommies  The top one is a pretty common form, but it is clearly stamped / marked Washington on the bar.  I read in a guide for these that this was  for a mine in CA. and that this is a pretty rare variation.  

The second one is a twisted or coiled wire version candlestick. I believe it is a manufactured piece. It is a bit rough.  Both of these have been in a collection in WA. for a number of years.

Top / Left Good  . . . . . .$95.00           SOLD!

Right . . . . .  Good . . . . .$35.00          SOLD!



J. L. Rickard Patent Model of Miners / Mining Combination Dinner / Lunch Pail / Lantern / WarmerJ. L. Rickard 1881 Patent Model Miners / Mining Combination Dinner Pail / Lantern / Warmer  The patent for this unusual mining artifact was granted to J. L. Rickard of Salem, Ohio in Columbiana County on August 9th 1881. The condition is superb and all original.  The Patent # is 245402 and it comes up w/ a Google Search.  It has the original patent tags, and Mr. Rickard's advertising plaque on the front. 

The Patent Model has all moving parts like a full size example lunch pail would have.  There is a cup, the lid for the lunch pail, a flask and its cap, the warming burner / lantern inside the body, and the body itself.   There are a few different versions of combination lighted miners lunch / dinner pails known.  A couple of different ones are pictured in Pohs work on mining lights.  He states that they are very rare.  I had a full size version of one years back that can be viewed in the archives of www.AntiqBuyer.com.  That ad tells of the patents for that one and another I found when researching that one.  This patent model is different from any of those known or shown.  No examples or info on full size ones come up consulting with Google. 

By law, patent models could be no larger than 12" in any dimension.   This model is about half that size, and so about half the size of a normal miners lunch pail.   That it is smaller than what a full size version would be adds to the charm and rarity, seeing that Richard could have submitted a full size one for his patent application.  Remember, it being a Patent Model there are no others of it out there.  Numerous Google searches turned up no full size examples or information, so it may have never gone into production and there may be no full size examples to be found.  Opportunity!!

Fine . . . . .  $1795.00     SOLD!!



Miners Lunch Pail w/ Built in Heater LightMiners Lunch Pail w/ Built in Heater Light  This is a rare mining or Miner's lunch pail that has a built in oil wick light to not only light the way, but to also help keep the miners lunch warm.   I have only seen a couple of these in 25 years of looking.  There are a couple of other designs that are similar pictured in Pohs book on mine lighting. 

Good  . . . . .$295.00           SOLD!







Patented 1871 & 1877 Miners Dinner / Lunch Pail w/ built in Lantern / WarmerPatented 1871 & 1877 Miners Dinner / Lunch Pail w/ built in Lantern / Warmer   This is a rare and unusual miner's dinner / lunch pail / bucket with a built in lantern that also acts as a warmer for the food and / or drink stored inside.  It has a very interesting and ingenious venting system to move hot air around inside to accomplish the warming tasks and allow the wicks to get enough air.  There are two patents stamped into the top.  One is readable with a patent date of December 18th 1877.  The 1877 patent was granted to Joseph Haight of Port Chester New York and the # is 198,294.  There is a second earlier patent date of 1871 but it is hard to make out.  There was a similar lighted dinner pail patented on October 31st 1871 by the brothers Horace & Willie Ketcham of New Jersey.  That patent # is 120,442 and it shows in Google's collection of patents. 

All of the parts are original including the lamp inside. The upper portion removes and is for the liquid part of the meal. This piece can oriented when put in place so that the heat will warm the bottom directly or not.  The patent says it should be oriented a certain way when empty so as to not melt the solder joints.. The cup is original and, there is a hooded vent in the top to allow the gases to escape.  The dinner or meal portion is stored in a separate container that you pull out of the bottom after releasing a spring catch there.

When I sold this a number of years ago to a collector it had remains of original black paint on the exterior as well as a couple of dents. (see listing above)  It has since had a careful and nicely done restoration which included pushing out a dent or two, and repainting it.  It look great now.   Pohs book pictures a couple variations of this style mining light or lantern / dinner / lunch pail and refers to them as being the rare of the rare.   A rare opportunity. 

Good +  . . . . . $595.00           SOLD!!


 

Oil Wick Mining LampDrivers Oil Wick Mining Lamp   A nice looking Oil Fired Teapot style miners light / lamp for the mine light / lamp display or collection.  This lamp has a single long tube, and is unmarked as far as i can see.  It is a very well made lamp and has been tastefully cleaned.

Excellent  . . . . .$55.00          SOLD!





Oil Wick Mining LampDunlap's Pittsburg PA Plated Oil Wick Mining Lamp  The name on the top rim is Dunlap.  It stands just about 2 1/2" tall.  This lamp appears to be unfired, and is in like new condition. This is a good looking well constructed Oil Fired Teapot style miners light / lamp for the mine light display or mining collection. 

Excellent  . . . . .$95.00               SOLD!






Vented Spout Oil Wick Mining LampHardsocg Vented Spout Oil Wick Mining Lamp   This lamp is marked on the side Made by Hardsocg Mfg. Co Ottumwa IA.   I am guessing the maker thought the vents on the spout would somehow make it work better, burn brighter or make it safer.  I have not read the patent for this, but can just imagine the claims made.  A nice looking Oil Fired Teapot style oilwick miners light / lamp for display in the mining collection.

Excellent  . . . . .$125.00           SOLD!





M & O Patented Adjustable Vent Oil-wick Mining LampM & O Patented Adjustable Vent Oil-wick Mining Lamp A bit rough, but OK!

Good - . . . . .$195.00           SOLD!





2 Adjustable Vent Patented M & O Oil Wick Mining Lamps2 Patented M & O Adjustable Vent Oilwick Mining Lamps   A nice looking pair of hard to find vented Oil Fired Teapot style miners lights / lamps.  Both are stamped with the patent dates of April 7 & May 26 on the lids.  The bottom is stamped M & O which stands for the names Murray & O'Connor.  The one on the left is a slightly smaller size than the other.  Its base measures 1 5/8, while the larger one is 1 7/8" Diameter.  The larger one is approx 2 3/4" tall and the smaller about 2 1/2".    A great addition for the mining light display or mine related collection.

Left . . . Excellent  . . . . .$295.00           SOLD!

Right . . . Excellent  . . . . .$275.00            SOLD!



Pat Appl'd For Cast Oil Wick Mining LampPat App'd For Cast Aluminum Oil Wick Mining Lamp   A nice looking Oil Fired Teapot style miners light / lamp for display in the mining collection.  The body and cap of this miners oilwick light are non magnetic and I assume Aluminum.  It stands just over 2 1/4" tall. 

Excellent  . . . . .$125.00            SOLD!!







Copper Lined Oil Wick Mining LampCopper Lined S*T*A*R Oil Wick Mining Lamp   A nice looking Gillis Oil Fired Teapot style oilwick miners light / lamp that is lined with copper inside.  It looks to me to be unfired.  The side is inscribed with the name S*T*A*R & John D. Gillis & Sons Phillipsburg PA. inside a shield.  A super clean example for the mining light display or mining collection.

Excellent  . . . . .$145.00            SOLD!




Miners Supply Comp. St Clair PA Oil Wick Mining LampMiners Supply Comp. St Clair PA Oil Wick Mining Lamp   This one has a series of dents on the side where the information is stamped.  It is still a nice looking  miners oilwick light / lamp for the display or collection.

Good+ . . . . .$55.00            SOLD!






Oil Wick Miner's LampOil Wick Miner's Lamp   This one is nicely made and has a very vertical spout.  It is about 4" tall to the top of it.  It is unmarked.  A nice looking Oilwick miners light / lamp for the display or collection.

Excellent  . . . . .$50.00            SOLD!









Grier Brothers / Pittsburg *ST*AR* Oil Wick Mining LampGrier Brothers / Pittsburg *ST*AR* Oil Wick Mining Lamp   This one is copper lined.  A nice looking Oil Fired Teapot style miners light / lamp for the mine light display or mining collection.

Excellent  . . . . .$95.00            SOLD!







C. L. Anton Liberty Oil Wick Mining LampC. L. Anton Liberty Oil Wick Mining Lamp   The Anton Liberty stamp oil wick lamp is one of the most graphic and pretty of all the lamps that were made.  It is a great scene of Lady Liberty holding up a lighted Anton lamp to light the way.  A nice condition miners light / lamp for the mine lighting display or mining collection.

Excellent  . . . . .$95.00            SOLD!






John Dunlap Co. / Monongahela Valley Pittsburg PA Oil Wick Mining LampJohn Dunlap Co. / Monongahela Valley Pittsburg PA Oil Wick Mining Lamp   A nice looking Oil Fired Teapot style miners light / lamp for display in the mine related collection.

Excellent  . . . . $75.00        SOLD!





Oil Wick Mining LampOil Wick Mining Lamp   There is a name on the side, but all I can make out is Frostburg.  A nice looking Oil Fired Teapot style miners light / lamp for the display or collection.

Excellent  . . . . .$45.00            SOLD!!




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This is just a sample of the many antiques & collectibles we have sold.
Click link to see other Sales Archive Pages on this Site.

We can help you sell quality Mining Related Antiques Contact Us.

For further info on consigning / selling your antiques with us please see our FAQ page, the Appraisal / Selling Page and the Selling Your Collection Pages.

Our current offering of Antiques for sale are at our sister Website Patented-Antiques.com.


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